Wow! I cannot believe it has been two months since my last blog. We have done a lot of necessary traveling lately due to the election season here in Kenya. We tried to make the best of our time spending some time with family on vacation and then friends back in Uganda. We have been safely home in Kenya for about three weeks now and are enjoying getting back into a routine. Many have heard and asked about the Kenyan elections and well the Supreme Court has ruled that they were not fair and they will hold another election in October. We are planning to stay around unless we see a strong need to leave.
We have began our school year and things are going well. I cannot believe that we are in our 5th year of home school and our youngest is knocking on double digits. Doug’s work is going well. We are enjoying that he gets to work at home some days and those days balance out for those times he has to travel. The Malawi program is also doing well. There are many projects going on and many in the funding phase as well. If you would like to help with either of these country programs in the funding phase you can go here to get more information. He just got back from an assessment near the Maasai Mara where many villages are still feeling the effects of the drought in Kenya. The morning of their assessment, the community found two cows that were killed by an elephant competing for the same water source. Recently, in the target community, a kid was killed by a hippo that lives in their only water source. We complain sometimes when we don’t have water at our house, but these communities compete with real wild animals for drinking water.
I have spoken before of a hospital ministry that I was helping my house helper with. She has named the ministry Tabitha Ministries International. It is based off of the story of Tabitha (also called Dorcas) in Acts 9:36-43. “Tabitha was a disciple that was always doing good and helping the poor.” (vs.36). This ministry will go once a month to one of the local hospitals and give out fruits and milk to the patients. We will also hand out a Bible verse and pray with those we can. The government hospital here has been on strike for a while so we are looking for another hospital that we can serve in the interim.
I have also been given the privilege to help mentor young girls by teaching ballet within another ministry here in Kitale. The ministry is called The Joshua Blueprint and the more I learn about them, the more excited I am to be a part of such a great God thing. This ministry gives back to several different children’s homes by giving them an outlet to learn the arts such as chorus, art, dance, drama, and other musical instruments. Along with this they play a huge role in mentor-ship to these kids by teaching them Christ’s love and truths within every class. You can learn more about this ministry here.
We are slowly but surely finding our way in a new place. God has been faithful to show us some ways to get plugged in and stay focused on Him during this journey. Our God is so good to us. We are so blessed to live the life we live and we are humbled that you choose to live it with us in prayer and support.
We look forward to seeing many of you in December. Yes!!! I said December. We are excited that we will be stateside for a short time for the holidays. We have not been in the states for Christmas since we moved to Africa. We will only be around for three weeks, but we can’t wait!
Blessings to all and thank you for all that you do!